Note: I will probably only be logging in to read messages, for a while. Just got the unconditional acceptance letter through to say I'm on the PhD programme full-time, and I still need to earn a living the rest of the time, so my internet time is going to be at zero. So if you're waiting for me to notice that you gave me a high star rating, or stalked me -- don't, 'cos I won't! Just message me. I might bite, but I rarely dismember.
I'm a sceptical pagan, a sensible freak, and a reasonably sober old punk.
I've been practising polyamory for most of my life these days, and am finally starting to get reasonably good at it. More about polyamory & other shagging stuff in the "You Should Message Me If" section, below, if you're interested. I am married, and still living with my wife, but (as of July 2010) no longer romantically or sexually involved with her; we've been together 15 years, and are still best friends, and have been polyamorous throughout (which has made the transition to a non-sexual relationship a hell of a lot easier and less painful than it might otherwise have been). My wife has a long-term, long-distance partner based in Portland, Oregon.
Despite being pretty good at polyamory, I am at a point where I would seriously consider (and be capable of sticking to) monogamy. It would need to be negotiated carefully, but with the right person, I wouldn't rule it out. For reference, "the right person" is probably experienced at polyamory too; monogamy, or more likely, monogamish (look it up!) would be something that could be negotiated for a while, but with the recognition that it might be renegotiated to polyamory again.
I have several extensive tattoos (see pics for the biggest one, which goes from my coccyx to my crown) and six piercings (five of which are below the neck). I like to shave some bits of my hair off and grow other bits long. I like shiny clothes, and big boots, and spiky things.
I read constantly; literary fiction, SF & Fantasy, thrillers, crime novels, historical fiction, gritty contemporary urban literature, history books, popular science, whatever comes to hand. Favourite authors include Iain Banks, Alastair Reynolds, Niall Griffiths, and Rupert Thomson.
I play games. I write tabletop roleplaying games for a living, but I also play boardgames, computer games, and especially live roleplaying games.
I enjoy keeping fit -- running, martial arts (at the moment: judo; in the past: Filipino martial arts, Thai boxing, sport fencing, classical fencing, Tai Chi, taijutsu, combatives, and even the obligatory year or so of karate when very young!), self-defence, weights, bodyweight exercises, etc. My main fitness regime right now is to do the crossfit.com Workout of the Day -- frequently a humbling experience, even though I've been doing it a couple of years, but I'm getting fitter & faster & stronger all the time. Recommended. Regular Crossfit workouts mean I'm lean, athletic, strong, and possessed of almost limitless energy. I like it that way.
I'm a bit of a nerdy science fiction geek... but only a bit. I do like to think that I'm capable of having conversations about other stuff too, from anarchist circus and contemporary dance to goth/industrial gigs and high-falutin' sculpture. If I know that you have no interest in SF & Fantasy & all that, you're unlikely to hear much about it from me. Just be warned that I was my primary school's acclaimed Doctor Who expert when I was eight, renowned for my ability to reel off summaries of every episode, even the ones I hadn't seen. I'm not sure I could remember them all now though.
Most of my living these days is made from writing, editing, game design, research, & lecturing. In the past I've had an assortment of jobs from vegan chocolatier to factory worker, deliverer of organic vegetables by bicycle to pagan bookshop-owner (the shop's still going, but I sold it on a few years back), graphic designer to stage technician, stilt-walker to marketing manager. It's all been fun, but I like what I do now, best.
I used to be somewhat more involved with political activism than I am now (mostly chaining myself to trees to stop roads being built through forests). I still go on demos and cause trouble occasionally, but mostly these days I talk a good fight. I'm not vegetarian any more, but am committed to not buying any meat that isn't at the very least free-range, and I can & do still cook decent veggie food too. Where possible, I buy locally made food from farmers' markets, etc., or get it delivered in bulk by the excellent Suma workers' co-op. Having recently read _No Logo_, I've also decided not to buy any sweatshop-made clothing, which cuts out 90% of high street shops.
I do travel a bit, mostly to visit friends or for academic conferences. I love New York and Chicago and Denver, especially, in the USA, and plan to get out to Oregon and California someday too. I seem to get to Europe and North Africa more often at the moment though.
My wife told me this profile makes me come across as an arrogant idiot, and that I'm actually really nice. I pointed out that she thought I WAS an arrogant idiot when we first met...
I am venomous, fearless, and dry